Virgin Media now offers 5G coverage in 193 towns and cities, using Vodafone’s network. You can access 5G on phones like the Galaxy S21, with 5G SIM cards available from £7/month.

Virgin Media has launched their new 5G mobile service today, with 5G coverage available in 193 towns and cities across the UK. It’s available at no extra cost for customers choosing a 5G phone or 5G SIM card, and uses coverage from the Vodafone network instead of EE.

At present, you can buy a range of 5G phones from Virgin Media including the Galaxy S21. However, the iPhone 12 is not currently compatible with 5G on Virgin Mobile.

You can also get a Virgin Mobile 5G SIM card from £7/month, or you can take an Oomph bundle that combines Virgin Media home broadband with a 5G mobile SIM card.

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The following table shows the key things to know about 5G on Virgin Mobile:

Virgin Media 5G Coverage: 193 UK towns & cities
5G Phones: Samsung Galaxy S21 and others, with the iPhone 12 coming soon
5G SIM Cards: From £7/month
5G Speed: 176Mbps average download speed
5G Plan Features:
Other Coverage:
  • 99% population coverage on 2G, 3G & 4G (using Vodafone)
  • 4G plan customers receive coverage from EE until late 2021

Virgin Mobile 5G Coverage Map

At present, Virgin Mobile offer 5G coverage in 193 UK towns & cities.

Zoom in on the coverage map, or use your current location to find 5G nearby.

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Virgin Mobile 5G Coverage Map
Data last updated: May 2023

5G Towns & Cities

At present, Virgin Media’s 5G service covers a total of 193 towns and cities across the UK. You can see them by zooming in on the map above. Alternatively, the full list of locations is shown below:

  • Eastern England 27 locations now live on 5G
    • Basildon
    • Bedford
    • Bury St Edmunds
    • Cambridge
    • Chadwell St Mary
    • Chelmsford
    • Clacton-on-Sea
    • Colchester
    • Dunstable
    • Grays
    • Great Yarmouth
    • Harlow
    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Ipswich
    • Kemprow
    • Lowestoft
    • Luton
    • Norwich
    • Peterborough
    • Potters Bar
    • Rainham
    • Southend-On-Sea
    • St Albans
    • Stevenage
    • Thundersley
    • Waltham Abbey
    • Watford
  • East Midlands 11 locations now live on 5G
    • Birstall
    • Chesterfield
    • Derby
    • Kettering
    • Leicester
    • Lincoln
    • Loughborough
    • Mansfield
    • Northampton
    • Nottingham
    • Stapleford
  • London 4 locations now live on 5G
    • Harlington London
    • London
    • Longford
    • Orpington
    • plus upcoming 5G launch planned in Kingston-upon-Thames
  • North East England 17 locations now live on 5G
    • Blaydon
    • Darlington
    • Durham
    • Gateshead
    • Hebburn
    • Jarrow
    • Middlesbrough
    • Newcastle
    • North Shields
    • South Shields
    • Stockton-on-Tees
    • Sunderland
    • Thornaby-on-Tees
    • Tynemouth
    • Washington
    • Whickham
    • Whitley Bay
  • North West England 20 locations now live on 5G
    • Altrincham
    • Ambleside
    • Aughton
    • Birkenhead
    • Blackburn
    • Blackpool
    • Bolton
    • Cheadle
    • Horwich
    • Lancaster
    • Liverpool
    • Manchester
    • Oldham
    • Rochdale
    • Salford
    • Stockport
    • Wallasey
    • Warrington
    • Wavertree
    • Wythenshawe
  • Northern Ireland 3 locations now live on 5G
    • Belfast
    • Lisburn
    • Newtownabbey
  • Scotland 10 locations now live on 5G
    • Aberdeen
    • Bridge of Don
    • Danderhall
    • Dundee
    • Dyce
    • Edinburgh
    • Glasgow
    • Inverness
    • Musselburgh
    • Stranraer
  • South East England 53 locations now live on 5G
    • Ashford
    • Aylesbury
    • Banbury
    • Banstead
    • Basingstoke
    • Beaconsfield
    • Brighton
    • Byfleet
    • Chatham
    • Chertsey
    • Chilworth
    • Chipstead
    • Dartford
    • Eastbourne
    • Egham
    • Epsom
    • Esher
    • Eton
    • Falmer
    • Gatton Bottom
    • Gillingham
    • Gravesend
    • Guildford
    • Hastings
    • Hextable
    • High Wycombe
    • Hove
    • How Wood
    • Iver
    • Joyden’s Wood
    • Maidenhead
    • Maidstone
    • Milton Keynes
    • Molesey
    • Newbury
    • Oxford
    • Portsmouth
    • Reading
    • Redhill
    • Richings Park
    • Royal Tunbridge Wells
    • Shinfield
    • Slough
    • Southampton
    • Staines-upon-Thames
    • Sunbury
    • Tatling End
    • Thorpe
    • Trumps Green
    • Virginia Water
    • Weybridge
    • Windsor
    • Worthing
  • South West England 8 locations now live on 5G
    • Bournemouth
    • Bristol
    • Cheltenham
    • Gloucester
    • Plymouth
    • Plympton
    • Shirehampton
    • Swindon
  • Wales 5 locations now live on 5G
    • Cardiff
    • Dinas Powys
    • Llandudno
    • Penarth
    • Swansea
  • West Midlands 14 locations now live on 5G
    • Allesley
    • Bilston
    • Birmingham
    • Burton upon Trent
    • Coventry
    • Dudley
    • Newcastle-under-Lyme
    • Nuneaton
    • Royal Leamington Spa
    • Rugby
    • Solihull
    • Stoke-on-Trent
    • West Bromwich
    • Wolverhampton
  • Yorkshire & The Humber 16 locations now live on 5G
    • Bradford
    • Calverley
    • Dewsbury
    • Doncaster
    • Grimsby
    • Halifax
    • Huddersfield
    • Hull
    • Leeds
    • Morley
    • Rotherham
    • Sheffield
    • Shelf
    • Wakefield
    • Wickersley
    • York

It’s important to note that Virgin Media 5G plan customers will receive all of their coverage from Vodafone (including 2G, 3G and 4G coverage). This differs from 4G plan customers who still receive their coverage from EE until late 2021. It’s therefore possible you’ll see a change in other types of coverage when you upgrade to a 5G plan on Virgin Mobile.

5G Smartphones From Virgin Mobile

To access 5G coverage on Virgin Media, you’ll currently need to have an Android phone that supports 5G.

Unfortunately, 5G coverage isn’t currently available to customers with an iPhone 12. Virgin Media say on their website that the launch date for 5G is still “to be confirmed”:

Not currently compatible with iPhone 12. Virgin Media 5G compatibility live date with iPhone 12 series to be confirmed

At present, Virgin Media offers a choice of more than 15 Android smartphones with 5G. The list includes the Samsung Galaxy S21 along with the following devices from Huawei, Oppo and Sony:

  • Huawei P40 5G
  • Huawei P40 Lite 5G
  • Huawei P40 Pro 5G
  • OPPO Find X2 Lite
  • OPPO Find X2 Neo
  • OPPO Find X2 Pro
  • OPPO Reno4 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Sony Xperia 5 II 5G

See Virgin Media 5G Phones →

It’s believed the iPhone 12 will receive 5G at a later date on Virgin Mobile, following a required software update to add it. When the iPhone 12 eventually gets support for 5G on Virgin Media, you’ll get access at their 5G network at no extra cost.

5G SIM Only Deals

If you already have a compatible 5G-ready phone that you’d like to use on Virgin Mobile, you can order a 5G SIM Only deal from the Virgin Media website.

At present, Virgin have 5G SIM-only deals available from just £7/month. There’s no extra cost for getting access to their 5G network.

The following table shows Virgin’s 5G SIM-only deals:

Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£7.00
1 month
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£9.00
1 month
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10.00
1 month
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited75GB£14.00
1 month
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
1 month
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
1 month

See Virgin Mobile 5G SIM Only Deals →

Unlike on Virgin Media’s 4G plans, you’ll receive all of your coverage from the Vodafone network when using a 5G-ready plan. This includes your 2G, 3G and 4G coverage, which will also be provided using the Vodafone network if you’re a 5G plan customer.

5G Download Speeds

According to Virgin Media, the average download speed on their 5G service is 177Mbps. This is about four and a half times faster their existing 4G service, which has an average download speed of 37Mbps.

Virgin Media Coverage Average Download Speed Average Upload Speed
5G Coverage 177Mbps1 TBC
4G Coverage 37Mbps 13Mbps

1 Virgin Media says their average download speed on 5G is 176.62Mbps. This is based on a 5G pilot between October 2020 and December 2020.

In some cases, you might be able to obtain peak speeds of up to 1,000Mbps on Virgin’s 5G service. You’ll also benefit from more network capacity and a lower amount of latency when using 5G.

5G Network Bands

Virgin Media’s new 5G service uses band n78 5G spectrum (3500MHz). This should be compatible with most 5G phones sold in the UK. However, if you’re using a 5G phone from outside the UK, you should double-check to make sure it’s compatible with Virgin’s 5G service.

Alongside their 5G coverage, Virgin Media also offers 2G, 3G and 4G coverage. For customers on a 5G plan, this uses the Vodafone network with the following bands and frequencies on it:

Virgin Mobile Coverage TypeSupported Bands & Frequencies
5G Coverage
  • 5G NR Band n78 (3500MHz)
4G Coverage
  • LTE Band 20 (800MHz)
  • LTE Band 1 (2100MHz)
  • LTE Band 3 (1800MHz)
  • LTE Band 8 (900MHz)
  • LTE Band 40 (2300MHz)
3G Coverage
  • 2100MHz
  • 900MHz
2G Coverage
  • 900MHz

Check Virgin Mobile 2G, 3G & 4G Coverage →

If you’re a 4G plan customer, you’ll continue to receive coverage from EE until late 2021. You’ll then be migrated to using Vodafone’s coverage some time in advance of early 2022.

For more information, see our guide to Virgin Mobile’s coverage and network.

More Information

For more information about 5G on Virgin, please see the official Virgin Media website.

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  • Maureen Gilchrist said:

    Have received without requestingn it a 5G virgin SIM card but my new phone is NOT 5G compatible. Reading others remarks I have not replaced by old 4G card in case there are complications. I am often out of 5G network e.g. remotecScottish Highlandsand Islands.

    No help with help line! I have a £7 monthly 4G tariff.

    I just want a phone that works so what is it best to do?

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